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Former IU football star Antwaan Randle El makes College Football Hall of Fame ballot


Former IU quarterback Antwaan Randle El begins the option with DeWayne Hogan at his side during the Hoosiers' 2000 victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium. Randle El won a Super Bowl in 2006 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. IDS file photo and Rich Janzaruk

Former IU quarterback Antwaan Randle El is listed on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. This is the ninth-consecutive year that Randle El has been listed on the ballot.

Randle El played for the Hoosiers from 1998-2001 and earned All-Big Ten honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He was also named a first team All-American and Big Ten MVP his senior year, finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting for college football’s most outstanding player. 

The Riverdale, Illinois native was the first player in NCAA history to both pass for more than 6,000 yards and rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. Randle El finished his career at IU with 7,469 passing yards and 42 touchdown passes, while adding 3,895 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns on the ground. 

Randle El was taken in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played 10 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. In 2006, he won a Super Bowl with the Steelers. 

In 2018, Randle El received the Big Ten’s Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, which recognizes a Big Ten student who has shown leadership after his collegiate career. 

The 2021 class of the College Football Hall of Fame will be announced in early 2021 with the induction ceremony Dec. 7, 2021, in New York City.

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